The GLA has secured over £41m from Government since the start of the pandemic for its COVID-19 rough sleeping response. In addition, over £2m of GLA funding has been diverted from other services for this purpose.
To 31 March 2021, the GLA has spent or has committed to spend around £41.1m on the COVID-19 rough sleeping response:
Accommodation and related services (eg hotels, food, security, cleaning, transport)
Support to rough sleepers in hotels and other emergency accommodation
Support for In For Good (including move-on and resettlement work in hotels, private rented sector, employment support, drug, alcohol and mental health support, immigration advice)
At the peak of the first wave, there were 14 GLA-procured hotels with capacity for around 1,400 people. As at 8 March 2021, almost 2,300 rough sleepers have been provided with emergency accommodation in GLA-procured hotels, of whom over 900 have positively moved on and over 1,000 are currently accommodated (in nine hotels).